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Blue Moon: 蓝色之月亮 : for tenor saxophone, er-hu or violin, and piano

by Tony Wheeler (2013)

Blue moon


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Blue moon : 蓝色之月亮, for tenor saxophone, er-hu or violin, and piano / Tony Wheeler.

Library shelf no. 785.2413/WHE 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Combinations of dissonant and blues style intervals set the harmonic background for this piece. Many of the chords also feature minor 7ths, perfect 4ths and 5ths, and the melodic writing is often pentatonic. This pentatonicism is frequently combined with contrapuntal style voices, drawing together western and Chinese musical elements.

The moon features prominently in Chinese culture, with significance in religious and social contexts. The lunar calendar is still very much referred to in Chinese society, with great emphasis placed on the lunar New Year, and on the mid-autumn Moon Festival. In Chinese chan Buddhism the moon is often pointed to as a symbol of enlightenment.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone, erhu or violin, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium — medium to advanced

First performance: by Tony Wheeler, Ying Liu, Helen Kwon — 13 Feb 13. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
influenced by Chinese traditional music, Blues, and contrapuntal style writing


Performances of this work

13 Feb 13: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Tony Wheeler, Ying Liu, Helen Kwon.

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